Social Media: Uniqlo v Twitter, Heinz v Facebook, Tipp-Ex v YouTube

Japanese clothes retailer Uniqlo has found a novel way of encouraging U.K. shoppers give the brand a big presence on Twitter — by reducing the price of clothing pieces every time someone sends a tweet about an item. The “Lucky Counter” promotion has been running ahead of the relaunch of Uniqlo’s U.K. e-commerce site this week, and has seen the brand’s name appear in Twitter’s trending topics list for the country. In a web page dedicated to “Lucky Counter,” users can choose from 10 pieces they would like to see discounted on the website when it relaunches on September 9.
Consumerist points us to an interesting Heinz ketchup bottle that features an unusually prominent call to action, asking users to friend the brand on Facebook.

Tipp-Ex invites viewers to script ending in YouTube spot
An innovative use of YouTube by correction fluid brand Tipp-Ex offers viewers the chance to choose what happens next in a video clip after a reluctant hunter refuses to shoot a grizzly bear.

When tactics aren’t enough: the Tipp-Ex viral (asourceofinspiration.com)
An Interactive YouTube Campaign By Tipp-Ex (mindjumpers.com)
Uniqlo’s U.K. Twitter Campaign Looks to Be a Perfect Fit for Retailer (adage.com)
Adventures in Advertising: Youtube + Tipp-Ex (tech.fortune.cnn.com)
Tipp-Ex Lets You Make A Hunter Hump A Bear In Interactive YouTube Campaign (socialtimes.com)
This Week’s Best YouTube Ad Campaign: Tipp-Ex Impresses With Custom Interactive YouTube Video (reelseo.com)
Interaction Video Key To Viral Success (viralblog.com)
Boring Product, Great Ad: Tipp-Ex Channels Subservient Chicken (clickz.com)
Amazing New Interactive Youtube Campaign By Tipp-Ex – Bear Included (marketingconversation.com)
Interactive YouTube Video Clips The Next Trend For Viral Videos? (elliottlemenager.com)

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Facebook Whopper Sacrifice (and Whopper Virgins)

A lot of peole have written about the Facebook WHOPPER® Sacrifice … “What would you do for a free WHOPPER(r)? Would you insult an elected official? Would you do a naked handstand? Would you go so far as to turn your back on friendship? Install WHOPPER(r) Sacrifice on your Facebook profile and we’ll reward you with a free flame-broiled WHOPPER(r) Sandwich when you sacrifice 10 of your friends*.”

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My take? I think Crispin definitely produce a mixed bag of creativity – and for every Subservient Chicken/ whatever there are nine things you never hear about – but this one gets my vote. Brilliant!

And some news just in: their Whopper Virgin effort – which I liked less – also seems to have done pretty well …

Burger King‘s recent “Whopper Virgins” campaign is on track to replicate the online success of the fast feeder’s earlier viral success “Whopper Freakout,” but its impact on sales remains to be seen. The documentary-style video, courtesy of ad agency Crispin Porter & Bogusky, appears to be breaking through the clutter. According to ComScore, Whoppervirgins.com had 242,000 unique visitors in December. By comparison, Whopperfreakout.com had 250,000 visitors during its first month, December 2007.
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